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    Mr. Snaps obviously had all his done and wrapped before Halloween. It's disappointing being married to a guy like that.

    I only have booze and food-type things to get at this point. Nothing is wrapped, of course.

    How about you?
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    We brothers have exactly one Christmas present to obtain: one for out father and stepmother. Every year, it takes some creative thinking, but we always come up with something.

    I have no kids, I have no wife, I have no pets, so I have no Christmas shopping. At least from the shopping aspect of that, I'm very happy in that regard.
    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Adam View Post
      We brothers have exactly one Christmas present to obtain: one for out father and stepmother. Every year, it takes some creative thinking, but we always come up with something.

      I have no kids, I have no wife, I have no pets, so I have no Christmas shopping. At least from the shopping aspect of that, I'm very happy in that regard.
      What? No friends? No nieces, nephews, colleagues, neighbors? I did stop myself from buying a friend's dog a present but it was kinda hard. She's a good friend and the dog is BFF with the boy Sheltie.
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
        What? No friends? No nieces, nephews, colleagues, neighbors? I did stop myself from buying a friend's dog a present but it was kinda hard. She's a good friend and the dog is BFF with the boy Sheltie.
        In our family, counting nieces and nephews and cousins gets close to the triple-digit mark. Even in the "immediate" family, counting cousins means 37 (I think). That's just ridiculous for most of us. I'm the youngest of four, spread across ten years, and all of my brothers started breeding far younger. So almost all of the immediate nieces and nephews are in their teenage years. I'm not about to go out and get iPods for eleven nieces and nephews. We made a pack ages ago that we weren't going to do gifts between aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews. It just gets ridiculously expensive for everyone involved in no time.

        When it comes to friends, neighbors, and colleagues, if I gift at all, I do things that aren't shopping: cookies that I've made or brownies or something like that. I don't really like doing Christmas gifts amongst people who aren't family because it gets rather weird, at least to me. In the office, we have a sort of "office pot-luck" of munchies, such that none of us ever goes hungry for even a moment between mid-December and New Year's Day, if not later.





        It's just always been more of a "spirit" thing to me. I actually don't even like getting Christmas gifts, to be honest. I feel really bad if someone else thinks that they need to be "reciprocal gift." I also SERIOUSLY don't like it when I'm put into that situation.
        It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
        In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
        Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
        Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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        • #5
          Same old BS game of buying a case of wine and distributing it at work. Then getting some bottle of BS wine from everybody else at work. Love to opt out. Joyce and I aren't giving each other anything other than time this year.
          If it pays, it stays

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          • #6
            The shopping for the kids is mostly done, fewer but more expensive items this year. Melanie already has her present, a 55" 3D TV for the bedroom. I'll get some last minute bracelet or set of earrings in a couple of weeks, I usually take a day and cruise the jewelry stores with higher end estate items.

            I have no idea what to get for my Dad, he's selling his house and moving to a sailboat so he is downsizing on "stuff." Each year our siblings pick names out of a hat and that's the one couple we have so I've still got to do that. We don't do nieces and nephews, I have 18 of them.
            "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

            -John Locke

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            • #7
              I started last weekend, got one nephew halfway done and a few pick up things for my mom...then everything went to crap with my mom so nothing has been done at all this week. I will probably order most of the kids's stuff online at this point when I have some time to breathe. For now, it looks like Christmas is going to be all about trying to get my mom out of the hospital.
              Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
              Robert Southwell, S.J.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Adam View Post
                We brothers have exactly one Christmas present to obtain: one for out father and stepmother. Every year, it takes some creative thinking, but we always come up with something.

                I have no kids, I have no wife, I have no pets, so I have no Christmas shopping. At least from the shopping aspect of that, I'm very happy in that regard.



                Awwwww. You have me as a friend, so go get me a present.

                I don't think I'm completely there yet, but I'm about to be simply because I can't afford too much more. I've already gotten my sister, mom, and niece something.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
                  I started last weekend, got one nephew halfway done and a few pick up things for my mom...then everything went to crap with my mom so nothing has been done at all this week. I will probably order most of the kids's stuff online at this point when I have some time to breathe. For now, it looks like Christmas is going to be all about trying to get my mom out of the hospital.
                  I wished I could somehow live closer to you for about a week and help you through the gifting thing..I'm very good at that. But in the long run, you're doing exactly what you should be doing..putting everything on hold while you give to your mom..that's going to be your best gift ever.
                  May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
                  Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
                  And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
                  may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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                  • #10
                    All gifts bought..I just have to wrap some and send them on their way.

                    Yesterday I shopped for whatever ingredients I didn't have for my baking that goes to our friends here and my family in other states.
                    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
                    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
                    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
                    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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